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A Shortcut through Time: The Path to the Quantum Computerby George Johnson
Synopses & Reviews
In this remarkably illustrative and thoroughly accessible look at one of the most intriguing frontiers in science and computers, award-winning New York Times writer George Johnson reveals the fascinating world of quantum computing—the holy grail of super computers where the computing power of single atoms is harnassed to create machines capable of almost unimaginable calculations in the blink of an eye.
As computer chips continue to shrink in size, scientists anticipate the end of the road: A computer in which each switch is comprised of a single atom. Such a device would operate under a different set of physical laws: The laws of quantum mechanics. Johnson gently leads the curious outsider through the surprisingly simple ideas needed to understand this dream, discussing the current state of the revolution, and ultimately assessing the awesome power these machines could have to change our world.
The author of Strange Beauty and Fire in the Mind combines the latest advances in mathematics and physics with ground-breaking computer science to examine the possibility for the development of the quantum computer, a breakthrough that could allow a shortcut through time. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.
George Johnson writes about science for The New York Times. His most recent books, Strange Beauty: Murray Gell-Mann and the Revolution in Twentieth-Century Physics and Fire in the Mind: Science, Faith, and the Search for Order, were finalists for the Aventis and Rhone-Poulenc science book prizes. He has also won the AAAS Science Journalism Award. He is codirector of the Santa Fe Science-Writing Workshop and a former Alicia Patterson fellow. Mr. Johnson lives in Santa Fe. He can be reached on the World Wide Web at talaya.net.
About the Author
George Johnson is a science writer for the New York Times. He is a recipient of the Science Journalism Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science and was a finalist for the distinguished Rhone-Poulenc Prize. This is his fifth book. He lives with his wife in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
From the Hardcover edition.
Table of Contents
"Simple electric brain machines and how to make them" — Tinkertoy logic — Playing with mirrors — A shortcut through time — Shor's algorithm — Breaking the code — Invisible machines — Counting with atoms — Quantum secrecy — The hardest problem in the universe — Epilogue: The nine billion names of God.
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